In the video below, Paul Weston of the newly formed Liberty GB Party in England skewers Islam as anything but a religion of peace.
Those of you who follow Israel Thrives know that Shirlee and I are discussing the question of whether the problem that we are facing is that of political Islam or, as Shirlee and Weston would have, Islam as a whole.
Essentially Weston's argument is that Islam cannot be a religion of peace when it is so war-like in so many ways. The Koran, for example, calls for the beheading of the unbeliever. What kind of "religion of peace" calls to for headchopping people who are not part of the faith?
Furthermore, what kind of "religion of peace" divides the world into Dar al-Islam (the House of Submission) versus Dar al-Harb (The House of War)? In other words, if Islam is at war with everything non-Islamic, how can it possibly be considered a religion of peace?
Where I differ with Shirlee and Weston is that however one may judge Islam as a whole, the only Muslims who concern me are the ones seeking to shove it down the throats of the rest of us and those screeching to the heavens about the theocratic imperative to slaughter Jews.
People can think whatever horrible thoughts that they like in the privacy of their own homes. My only gripes are when they insist that all of us must be subject to rule under their particular theology or when they promote violence.
This is particularly true because within Islam Christians and Jews are forced to live under a system of Islamic Supremacism - a system of submission in which the dhimmi is tolerated if he embraces his social inferiority and enacts that inferiority in ways required by the Koran and the Islamic religious authorities.